Editing Software used by Industry

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  10 October 2005
Editing Software used by Industry


Which software does the industry use for its editing purposes? Is it off-the-shelf or proprietary or mix of the two?

Also, after the movie is shot on FILM what format is it transferred to computers for editing & compositing purposes?

Thanks for your help.
  10 October 2005
Editing software is "off the shelf". The top two for popularity are AVID and Final Cut Pro. FCP only runs on a MAC. There are many others though, such as Adobe Premiere, and Sony Vegas Video.

In the higher end of things there is also AutodeskFire and Edit, as well as Quantel systems.

For editing the footage is output at a lower resolution for offline editing and once the cut is decided upon the footage is scanned to image sequences. The footage then is used for compositing then output again as an image sequence and then conformed onto film reels for the master copy.
  10 October 2005
professionally, editing could be divided into two groups... the Offline edit, and the Online edit.

The offline edit is done at low resolution (like DV) on anything from FCP to an Avid (like the previous guy said), this is so the footage can be played with and chopped and moved without any worry about losing footage quality etc. At this stage the footage still has the timecode on the top and bottom of the screen, which is VERY important.

Then, we have the online edit. This edit is done at 2k or 4k resolution (if digital) or on a film cutter like a steinbeck (if film), by following the timecode that the cuts were made at in the offline. You don't have to actually watch the footage in this edit, just follow the numbers.

The online edit you could probably pull off on home software, if you were able to set the footage to 4k resolution, and just cut to the timecode... and then when you take it to the color correction place or the telecine people, they can do your transfers back to a fresh 35mm print.
  10 October 2005
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